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Published: Wednesday, 9/26/2007

Hearing set on statements by Powell

A hearing to determine whether the statements Sherman Powell made to Toledo police will be admissible during his trial will continue Oct. 12 in Lucas County Common Pleas Court.

Mr. Powell, the companion of the 15-year-old North Toledoan charged in the fatal shooting of vice Detective Keith Dressel, faces several drug and obstruction charges.

Yesterday, he appeared in court after Judge Frederick McDonald gave his attorney time to determine whether the audibility of his interview with police could be enhanced and better understood.

Attorney Paul Geller said yesterday that he would be able to proceed with the suppression hearing that began Sept. 6.

Mr. Geller filed a motion to suppress his client's statements in June, claiming that Mr. Powell was denied medical attention after he made claims to detectives that he was beaten by arresting officers.

Specifically, the motion contends that Mr. Powell was told he could not get help until he made a statement.

Earlier this month, Judge McDonald granted Mr. Geller's request for up to $1,500 to pay for the enhancement of the audio on the taped interview.

Both Mr. Geller and county Assistant Prosecutor Jeffrey Lingo said that the tape is more understandable although not everything is audible.

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